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Community Policing

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of safer neighbourhood teams operate throughout the period between midnight and 6am each night in (a) England and Wales and (b) Avon and Somerset. (117761)

Statistical information concerning the hours of operation of safer neighbourhood teams, also known as neighbourhood policing teams, is not collated centrally by the Home Office. The availability and working hours of all neighbourhood teams is an operational decision made by the chief constable in each area, as informed by the current needs and priorities of the local community.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated to neighbourhood policing teams in Avon and Somerset for (a) 2007 and (b) 2008. (117762)

In 2006-07 a sum of £5.1 million has been allocated towards the cost of Neighbourhood Policing in Avon and Somerset. We have allocated a sum of £6.8 million in 2007-08.

The allocation of this funding within the force area is a matter for the chief constable and the police authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many safer neighbourhood teams in England and Wales do not have their full complement of (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers, (c) special constables and (d) youth workers. (117765)

Statistical information detailing the staffing levels of safer neighbourhood teams, also known as neighbourhood policing teams, is not collated centrally by the Home Office.

There is no national neighbourhood policing model but most teams are a mix of officers, PCSOs and others. The recruitment of staff and deployment of resource is an operational decision for the chief constable in each force. Numbers, staffing mix, skills and powers in each neighbourhood policing team will be decided by the chief constable after an assessment of the needs of the communities they serve.